1. sullen

adjective. ['ˈsʌlən'] showing a brooding ill humor.


  • glowering
  • ill-natured
  • sour
  • moody
  • dour
  • saturnine
  • dark
  • glum


  • fragrant
  • sweeten
  • harmonious
  • unemotional


  • solein (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • solein (Anglo-Norman)

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Rhymes with Sullen

  • mcmullin
  • mcmullan
  • macmullen
  • kilcullen
  • mcmullen
  • mccullen
  • smullen
  • grullon
  • mullen
  • mullane
  • mullan
  • hulen
  • cullen
  • cullan
  • bulen

How do you pronounce sullen?

Pronounce sullen as ˈsələn.

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Sentences with sullen

1. Verb, past participle
A friendly, courteous crew deserves more of a tip than one that is sullen****.

Quotes about sullen

1. The rain set early in tonight,The sullen wind was soon awake,It tore the elm-tops down for spite,And did its best to vex the lake:I listened with heart fit to break.When glided in Porphyria; straightShe shut the cold out and the storm,And kneeled and made the cheerless grateBlaze up and all the cottage warm;
- Robert Browning

2. [Poem: Slates of Grey]Sullen faces like slates of grey—What I’d seen on a walk today.Bodies rushing bodies boltingTime for life a disregarding.Money to make and to grow oldWhat about the hands to hold?Deadlines, projects, people to meetWhat about our own two feet.Sullen faces like slates of grey...What I’d see most anyday.
- Jess C. Scott, Trouble

2. sullen

adjective. ['ˈsʌlən'] darkened by clouds.


  • threatening
  • lowering
  • heavy


  • pleasant
  • sweet
  • tasteless
  • unsoured


  • solein (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • solein (Anglo-Norman)